Manchester City beat Chelsea 2-0 to win the Community Shield

Riyad Mahrez

GETTY Community Shield Riyad Mahrez to make competitive debut for Manchester City

Premier League champions Manchester City's reported new kit supply deal with Puma will cover all clubs in their parent company City Football Group's (CFG) ownership portfolio - with the exception of New York City.

It was Sarri's first competitive game in charge of the west London side after the Italian was brought in as Antonio Conte's successor at Stamford Bridge last month.

On this evidence, City could follow in their archrivals' footsteps at the end of the season.

"I am ready, I am ready", said Guardiola of City's title defence. But that was the only sour note for City.

Foden made his breakthrough for City last season, featuring ten times in all competitions including five in the Premier League as City romped to the title.

Pressed on whether City were close to making a third summer signing, the former Barcelona manager replied: 'I don't know.

After assisting Aguero for his 200th goal for the club, Foden played another sublime pass for the Argentinee, who could only find the side netting after rounding Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero. City finished 30 points ahead of Chelsea.

Jorginho, a Brazilian-born Italy global, is a deep-lying midfield playmaker who had more touches per minute for Napoli than any player in Europe's top five leagues last season. As far as matters on the pitch is concerned, Maurizio Sarri will look towards the Italian global to run the show from the middle of the park and create the chances for his teammates in the final third.

A squad of largely fringe and youth players made the trip to the States, where City lost 1-0 and 2-1 to Dortmund and Liverpool before coming from 2-0 down to beat Bayern.

Kante's absence was highlighted time and again as City pinched balls in unsafe areas and ran at a cumbersome rearguard.

While Sarri is required to talk up their hopes of getting their season off to a flier, this 59-year-old tactician may well be offering these comments for public consumption in a bid to disguise a less palatable reality.

Despite a breathtaking World Cup, Ferdinand chose Sergio Aguero as the top striker, even more so that Harry Kane.

Callum Hudson-Odoi - 6.5 - Timid to start but grew into the game.

Alvaro Morata tried to curl a shot into the top corner but got it all wrong and ballooned his effort high, and shortly after the half-hour Chelsea had another chance when Fabregas, Morata and Ross Barkley linked before Hudson-Odoi shot over.

Manchester City: Bravo 4, Walker 7, Stones 6, Laporte 6, Mendy 7, Sane 6, Bernardo 8, Fernandinho 6, Mahrez 7, Foden 7, Aguero 8.

Aguero was not to be denied eight minutes later, though, as he darted behind David Luiz and placed Bernardo Silva's neat pass beyond Caballero to put the result beyond doubt.

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